Pros and Cons of Painting Your Home’s Exterior Yourself

[fa icon="calendar"] July 10, 2020 / by Home Services Expert

man painting a house exteriorWhen it comes to keeping your home's paint in tip-top shape, you always have a decision to make: DIY or hire a home painting services pro to do the job. 

There are probably two reasons why you’d like to paint the exterior yourself. One of them is cost savings if you’re on a budget, the other is that you love to do projects and it sounds like a great time. Either way, it’s probably good to look at the pros and cons of painting your home yourself before you make a decision.

Pro: Cost Savings

The most obvious reason you may want to do the job yourself is to save money on labor. This makes sense and it’s certainly possible to get the cost of your home’s paint job down by going the DIY route. Make sure you factor in all of the potential costs associated with painting your home, including prep work. It’s always good to remember that it only saves money if you do the job right and don’t have to pay someone else to come fix it.


Pro: A Learning Experience

If you’re adventurous and want to learn more about painting your home, this can be a great opportunity. You will need to get educated and go about the job carefully, since the last thing you want is a messy or bad looking paint job. It's the first thing people see when they come to your house, after all!


Con: Prep Work

Prepping a home (exterior or interior) for painting can take a lot of time and attention to detail. If you don’t get this part right, you could end up painting parts of your home that you didn’t want to or miss spots you intended to paint. Messy paint jobs just look bad, so it’s important to get this step right.


Con: It’s a Big Job!

Painting your home’s exterior is a big job, and it will take some time and perseverance on your part. It may end up being a great experience, but you want to make sure you’ll have the energy to stick with the project.


Con: Possibly Having to Re-Paint

Hopefully all goes well if you attempt to paint your own home, but what if you weren’t properly prepared or ran out of time and couldn’t finish the job properly? You’d have to call someone to come and re-do the work you’ve put in, resulting in extra time and money.

In the end, the decision of whether to paint your home or not is up to you. Just make sure that you:

  • Get prepared
  • Are ready to learn new things
  • Have lots of patience
  • Prep everything properly

At Experts In Your Home, we love to see people get involved with DIY projects, but we’re always a phone call away if you want to get a quote for residential home painting. We can discuss the benefits of having an expert do the job and give you a free quote. If you’d like to speak with a home painter give us a call or fill out the online form today!

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